Is there a ‘right’ cloud infrastructure choice? Probably not. In recent years enterprises have pursued a hybrid cloud strategy: one foot on-premise or in a private cloud environment, the other in a public cloud.
Today there is a drive towards multi-cloud, with enterprises increasingly using more than one public cloud provider – Google GCP, Microsoft Azure and AWS, all boast fast growing revenues and client bases (even if some are more circumspect about actually figures than others) – often the same customers are using one, two, or even all three, with various flavours of SaaS on top.
So what’s the ‘right’ cloud choice, and how do you decide? And are many organisations asking the wrong question? Can you in fact choose all three if you wish? And if you do – as increasing numbers of enterprises are - how do you deal with the increased management complexity?
A best-of-breed cloud approach is not without its complications – not least visibility of cloud consumption patterns and planning, cost optimisation, security, and compliance. However, these hurdles can be overcome. Do so, and the rewards of a multi-cloud strategy can include greater workload suitability, reduced costs, balanced business and IT risk, and increased agility and application mobility.
With multiple vendors now promising “all-in” discounts to customers willingly opting for a single provider, the debate over which road to take is as fascinating as it’s ever been.
Join Computing’s expert panel as we reveal our research into adoption of multi-cloud, the challenges and pain-points that enterprises are typically facing, and hear how you can rise to the challenges and maintain your ability to use ‘best of breed’, without fear of cloud vendor lock-in.
NutanixView presenter info
Since being immersed in IT from the late 80’s, I’ve seen a wealth of technology emerge and observed dramatic shifts of how services are delivered through in the ever-evolving shape of the data centre. I’ve been at the coalface of installation and configuration of hardware and software through to the design and architecting, working in the finance sector as well as for consultancy practices. I’ve presented at various conferences and user group meetings over the past years delivering content that’s technically focused, case study orientated and based on market topics.
Global Head of Engineering for Specialised Infrastructure, BarclaysView presenter info
Richard is a Distinguished Engineer and VP at Barclays where he is Global Head of Engineering for Specialised Infrastructure. He is responsible for the platform used for High Frequency Trading and other high performance systems. Richard has been involved with Cloud since the days of the $1 per CPU hour Grid launched by Sun Microsystems in 2004. He created a flavour of this suitable for Banks. He went onto Microsoft where he was a principle architect with the Live team working on what eventually became Azure. He specialises in high performance platforms and has been working on Hybrid Cloud solutions for the last two years. Richard is a Fellow of STAC Research, a Fellow of the British Computer Society, a Chartered IT Practitioner.